When the Pittsburgh bad-trip psychedelic band SHAKY SHRINES was first formed, it's two founding members (Faisant, Hanson), recorded their demo immediately. However, they had no money or any real idea of where the songs would take them - they had only a 2008 mac laptop.
All of the guitar was played clean through a 15-watt Fender practice amp. The internal microphone on the computer was the only mic used throughout the entire recording process. The fuzzy blown-out guitar tone was achieved by allowing the clean amp sounds to slightly distort and overpower the internal mic by meticulously moving the tiny amp closer and further away from the laptop until a desirable tone was reached. Similarly, all of the drums were recorded one at a time (if you played the whole kit, you lost definition of the overall groove).
The songs would first be jammed on to determine the structure. Then, the guitar was recorded. Next, the bass drum. Then snare. Then rack tom, and so on and so forth. There is no bass guitar. Vocals were recorded through a pop-filter made out a wire coat hanger and a pantyhose.
These recordings were made 1 year ago (July 2013). Recently, the band has digitally self-released their fourth album of the year, HOCUS BOGUS. Prior to HOCUS BOGUS, they put out a 9-song LP MAUSOLEUM, a 5-song SHAKY
SHRINES S/T EP (of which you may recognize parts of these original tracks), a 3-song BAPTISM B-Sides EP, a bunch of op art/music videos, a
Windows ’95 style 2D side-scrolling virtual cemetery website, and a 10-minute
mini-documentary on Co Bappe (who builds turn-of-the-century board
track racing motorcycles).